Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hours to Sunset 2013 - Shaun Tan - Art on Campus

Most of the art on campus I have featured was commissioned many years ago. It is nice to show a work that is very recent, and destined to stand the test of time (and the elements). The camera doesn't do justice to the mosaic in the dull light, and it needs to be seen from a distance, like below, followed by a closer examination of the fine detail. Recommended.

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

This is the Hundred-and-forty-seventh in my one-book-at-a-time bookshelf.

Early last century American hard nosed detective novel. Think Maltese Falcon and Humphry Bogart. This is my first Hammett and I rather like! Reminds me of Raymond Chandler (though not in the same class) and the living of a life so different to today in every respect except for the human condition. I don't believe the main character was ever sober enough to pass a breath test. Yet the The Thin Man passes the bookshelf test.